Student cites freedom of speech after suspension for online videos

From The Globe and Mail:

Jack Christie’s videos are the kind of thing you see every day on the Internet. Crudely animated stick figures swear and fire automatic rifles. There are off-colour jokes about everything from race to pedophilia to cocaine. Absurd incidents – such as the assassination of an evil talking mango – seem to happen at random.

But administrators at the Grade 12 student’s Whitby high school were so offended when they found the animations on YouTube last month, they sent him home and called the police. He is being kept out of school during the investigation.

Now, fellow students at Donald A. Wilson Secondary School are demanding the 18-year-old be reinstated, arguing the school overstepped its bounds by meting out punishment for something that happened off campus. Mr. Christie says the administration is stomping on his right to freedom of speech.

Here is his YouTube channel.

(via Boing Boing)

11 Comments

  1. Someone needs to slap these admins in the face. Besides Christie, that is. The *only* time out of school activities like this should have an impact on a kid’s academic career is if/when it involves direct threats of violence or actionable slander – maybe not even then.

    Damn. School sucks.

  2. The administrator is erring on the side of caution. Unfortunately, the type of kid that takes a gun into a school for a shooting are kids that post creepy videos of blowing sh*t up and displaying violence. Yes, he is talented in creating animations… but it is completely inappropriate that this high school kid throws around the f-bomb and disrespects adults the way he does. Our society is pitiful.

      1. Well, parents should be monitoring their child. I think kids are unaware of the repercussions that posting something like this can result in.

    1. I was going to agree with the first part of what you wrote (though not the second) simply because of the difficult judgement calls that school administrators have to make in the wake of – well, too many school shootings to list. But… then I watched some of the videos. Those just aren’t ‘creepy’. They’re not exactly genius (not least because the animator is clearly deeply in the shadow of Matt and Trey), but they have a clever, sharp tone that bespeaks intelligence and humour, not psychosis.

    2. Oh noes!!!! Someone might have said something somewhere which could possibly lead someone else to do something somewhere else!!! STOP FREE SPEECH NOW!!!! We cannot allow anyone to say anything (unless I agree with it, ofc) or else someone somewhere might be victimised somehow!!!! FUCK NUANCE!!!! Only REACTIONARY responses are allowed!!!!

  3. What exactly is the administration taking issue with? The swearing and drug use, or the animation where he depicts himself killing his teacher (by name) while he sits at his desk?

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